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Not necessarily indelicate, but certainly forthright, even aggressive at times, curiously contrasted with some disappointingly flaccid interpretations, the Monteverdi Choir indulges its way through Latin motets by Philips, White, Tallis, Byrd, Morley and Tomkins Vigilate! English polyphony in dangerous times, capitalising on the current trend for presenting renaissance polyphony in dramatic historical context. Though the programme is far from original and a claustrophobic recording reveals too much individual information, these largely ill-conceived readings certainly oblige one to think very hard about this repertoire.

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